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Basic Snow Land — Swamp
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Snow-Covered Swamp Discussion
5 days ago
Thanks for the input! I am going to change this up by removing:
- Havengul Vampire I found the cmc was too high for what I was getting out of it
- Crimson Honor Guard I found this often hit me just as much as other players, wasn't performing as expected.
- Doom Blade While I enjoy targeted removal I felt I could let this go for more land
- Sorin, Grim Nemesis only really gives tokens on his last ability which I have yet to see go off.
- Sanguine Bond Not a fan of the infinite combos as well as I find I get more out of Exquisite Blood in my play group
- Blasphemous Act My play group runs a lot of board wipes so with all the Grave Pact effects I dropped this to keep the Kindred Dominance
2 weeks ago
xEth0sx, I've finished reading the description of your Gisa deck and I think I can help you with it. I'll talk about some of my impressions about your primer first, then I'll go over some of your card choices and I'll tell you about a few cards I think should be in the deck.
As far as primers go, I'd say this one is missing a couple of important things. If I had to list them in order of relevance, I'd say that it is missing (a) a single card discussion section; (b) a section about how one should play the deck, what the deck is trying to accomplish, and how it tries to finish the game (e.g., a How to Play the Deck or a Strategy section); (c) why mono-B instead of any other color or color combination?; and (d) why Gisa? There might be other things but those are the items that came to my mind. I get that maybe you've just started writing this primer but moving forward, I believe it would be important to address these issues.
Now, let's talk about the exciting stuff, namely the decklist. The idea to use Ghoulcaller Gisa as a stax commander is an interesting one. It punishes spot removal and it takes advantage of creatures with a recursion ability to make even more creatures, which in turn can be used for stax pieces (e.g., Contamination, Smokestack) and hit face. I like the idea but why did you choose Gisa?
As a mono-B player, you'll need to be proactive about making it hard for your opponents to combo off because you don't have the luxury of running permission spells. The stax plan is very good here and I can see you are also playing a few disruption spells. A+ here. The only strange choice is Cabal Therapy. The sac ability might come handy at times but seems too situational. Duress is hands down a better choice, and I'd consider running Hymn to Tourach and Mind Twist as well. In the same vein, I'd even consider running Ill-Gotten Gains, too. It has great synergy with Waste Not and Leyline of the Void, and if you manage resolve it in the early game, it will set all your opponents back quite a lot (and it's also an additional yard recursion). It's a very versatile card that should be in every mono-B deck in my opinion.
On the stax package, I'd favor Infernal Darkness over Contamination hands down, or play both. Contamination shuts down your own coffers and it is more situational than Inf Darkness--that is, if you can cast darkness, you can keep it going for at least 2 turns, but if you can cast Contamination, you can only keep it going it you can also sac creatures. I understand the role of Tenacious Dead and Reassembling Skeleton but in my mind, I think you could remove both of them and if you really need an alternative, add something like Ophiomancer. Similar to Bitterblossom, Ophio doesn't require you to keep spending mana to create a creature.
One thing I feel you are missing is mana doublers. One advantage of playing a mono colored deck is that it makes it easier to run mana doublers, such as Extraplanar Lens, Bubbling Muck, and Crypt Ghast. If you go that route, you can get additional value with Candelabra of Tawnos (someone suggested before) and I'd also run Snow-Covered Swamps instead.
I have additional suggestions (e.g., Jet Medallion, Snuff Out, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed, Innocent Blood) but I don't want to make this comment longer than it is. I have a competitive Erebos list (Erebos' Bargain) that might give you a few additional ideas on how to improve your own list. Feel free to check it. Anyway, good stuff you have here. Keep working on it and good luck on future games!
1 month ago
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1 month ago
For the same reason I would cut Ob Nixilis Reignited. At 5 CMC it doesn't usually do enough. Most of the time, it will draw you a card or takes care of a creature before it dies, which is not great for that cost. Having to do it at sorcery speed doesn't help.
Consider adding Mindslicer. It can be back-breaking and really seal the deal.
2 months ago
Sorry, the only thing I can think of is a couple things for the Mana base.
3 months ago
I love decks with a theme! +1 They are unique and fun, which is why I love EDH. Just wanted to say that this deck is insane and I hope you don't mind if I use this as a frame for my mono-black EDH which'll be made withing the next couple decks. A lot of your combos are mana intensive, so because you play Snow-Covered Swamps is Extraplanar Lens not worthwhile? Also, how about Exquisite Blood? While I hate the combo because I feel like it's too easy, the one card can help keep you live to get some of your combos out. they seem rather card intensive (once someone knows what is going on) so would the extra life be relevant? Last question, is Necropotence too slow?